Blue Jays: Which NL contenders could come calling for a starting pitcher?

DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 01: Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 01: Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 02: Zach Davies #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 02: Zach Davies #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Milwaukee Brewers

Once again the Brewers are looking dangerous as they entered play on Thursday in a tie for the top of the NL Central with the Cubs.

This is a strong roster and it should be no surprise that they’re back in the playoff hunt, but they’re as obvious of a fit as anyone in need of a rotation upgrade. How much they’ll spend this summer remains to be seen though.

Zach Davies has had a standout campaign so far through 12 starts, pitching to a 2.20 ERA and a reasonably solid 1.22 WHIP. Brandon Woodruff and Chase Anderson have both been dependable arms in the rotation as well, but they could really use a healthy and productive Jhoulys Chacin, which they haven’t had so far in 2019.

The Brewers haven’t been big spenders historically, so it’s possible they could be looking for smaller upgrades to help their depth as well. That said, they could certainly use a top of the rotation arm as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them interested in several of the Blue Jays’ rotation options.

Whether there’s a trade fit or not remains to be seen though. The Brewers also have a weak farm system, and with the Blue Jays being very focused on the rebuild I don’t know that they’ll have the pieces to get a deal done for someone like Stroman. They have plenty of reason to call Ross Atkins though, and I’m willing to bet they do just that.

Likelihood= 1.5/5

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